The God of heaven is with us everywhere, but in a special way in group worship. 天父上帝无处不与我们同在，集体敬拜是上帝与我们同在的一种特殊方式。
God is the Lord of Heaven and above all creation and thus deserves our worship.
a. Ephesians 1:18-21 以弗所书1:18-21
b. Malachi 1:6 玛拉基书1:6
Yet God is also present with us personally in worship
a. 2 Corinthians 6:16 哥林多后书6:16
b. Matthew 18:20 马太福音18:20
Group worship can also take place anyplace where people can meet.
a. 2 Samuel 15:32 – When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.
b. “Exodus 29:42 – “For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting before the LORD. There I will meet you and speak to you.
Note: God does not give a similar command in the New Testament.
c. Romans 16:3,5 – Greet Priscilla and Aquila…. Greet also the church that meets at their house.
——————–we worship is not as important as ———————-we worship.
a. Some worship methods and places are associated with false gods and thus are not
acceptable for worship of the true God
Deuteronomy 12:2-5 申命记12:2-5
b. Unplanned worship can lead to disorder and disagreements
1 Corinthians 11:18 哥林多前书11:18
c. Planned worship can ensure a useful experience for all worshipers
1 Corinthians 14:26 哥林多前书14:26
d. We should worship the God of the Universe with proper humility, dignity and honor
1 Chronicles 16:29 历代志上16:29
Hebrews 12:28 希伯来书12:28
Our worship imitates heavenly worship
Nehemiah 9:6 尼希米记9:6
Revelation. 5:8-14 启示录5:8-14
The most important aspect of worship is that God shares with us his Word and Sacrament.
a. Psalm 119:105 诗篇119:105
b. 1 Corinthians 11:26 哥林多前书11:26
Discussion Questions 讨论问题
The God of all creation comes down from heaven to be with us in our Sunday services. What effect should that have on:
a. the way we take care of our church building?
b. our preparation for each service?
c. our conduct during church services?
d. our attendance?
Read Rev. 5:8-14. Here John receives a glimpse of a worship service around God’s throne in heaven. Compare it with our Sunday services.
a. How is the music the same or different?
b. How is leadership and participation similar or different?
c. How is “body language” similar or different?
In what ways are our Sunday services a “taste of heaven”?
If we knew a famous person would be attending our church some Sunday, how might our preparations and actions be different? How does this relate to God’s presence in church each Sunday?
Some people think everyone should dress up in their “Sunday best” for church since they are going to God’s house. Others think it is best to dress more normal so that everyone will feel comfortable and so that nobody will stay home because they don’t have good enough clothes. With which attitude do you agree?
Some people stress that we should use the CUV version of the Chinese Bible when we worship, others say that we should use a new, easier to understand version. Which do you think is fitting to use? Talk about your opinion.
How would you answer a person who says he doesn’t need to go to church to worship God, because he goes to the forest or mountains and feels closer to God there?
In Exodus 29:42 (3b above) what is the importance of the word regularly?
What are the advantages or disadvantages of having a special church building as the place where one normally meets others for worship?
When Christians meet together for worship, is their main job listening to the pastor?
How does going to church differ from going to the movies?